USB flash drive. We use it on a regular basis; it conveniently helps us transfer files from desktop to/from laptops or even share its content with our friends, clients, and co-workers. Basically, it makes our life easier! But wait, have you overlooked its threat to your computer?
If a USB flash drive is infected with virus, not only will you lose important data in the storage, you’re also affecting the security of every computer once it’s plugged in.
Today, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best tools to protect your computer against infected USB flash drives. After all, prevention is better than cure, and it’s never too old for that saying.
Take note, however, that we don’t recommend you install multiple tools in the same computer for various reasons. Just check out each of these tools’ full features and get what really suits your needs.
Autorun Virus Remover utilizes proactive technology to permanently remove autorun and autorun.inf viruses. Additionally, it can block those viruses trying to infect the system via USB flash drives.
This virus remover can be used on individual USB flash drives to disable its autorun.inf file in order to prevent malware infections. When applied on a USB flash drive, the vaccine permanently blocks the malicious autorun.inf file, preventing it from being read, created, deleted or modified.
This two-way protection standalone software prevents your computer from autorun worm infections, as well as protects your USB flash drive from being infected from other sources, thereby decreasing the spread of the virulent worms.
USB Threat Defender isn’t your ordinary autorun.inf virus remover, because it takes more than that to provide maximum protection guarantee. This software’s new protection level detects other viruses that were overlooked by other antivirus software, and provides maximum security against any threat that tries to attack a system via any USB storage device.
This software’s Immunize option allows you to immunize your USB flash drive or SD card against infections with autorun-based malware. Even if your storage device has been plugged into an infected computer, the malware will be unable to create its autorun.inf file, thus eliminating the chance of auto-launching itself.
The USB Program is especially designed to help prevent computers from being infected by autorun viruses. The program is loaded into system memory, and technically, it automatically renames autorun.inf files on new device into autorun.inf_current_date_time, and sets its attribute to “normal”, making it visible for the system. As a result, it isolates any infection.
This virus remover provides protection against any malicious program that’s trying to attack via USB storage device. It delivers a high level of protection from theft and accidental disclosure of confidential data, and prevent unauthorized persons from stealing your data.
Ninja Pendisk is a popular and free program designed to guard computers against viruses transmitted by USB pendisks. This ninja silently waits in the system tray until a USB pendisk is plugged into the computer, which will then be examined to uncover commonly malicious or virulent files like autorun.inf and ctfmon.exe, among many others.
VirusScan USB by McAfee is a proven antivirus security for your USB flash drive. Automated, daily antivirus updates install silently in the background, ensuring your USB storage device is always protected from evolving and emerging virus threats. The software doesn’t offer a trial version, but considered it’s the ever popular McAfee, it’s definitely worth your consideration. What’s more, it has a 30-day money-back guarantee!
USB Guardian enables you to safely enjoy file-sharing with a USB thumb drive. Movies, MP3s, documents, and photos can be copied from one computer to another without having to worry about getting infected by worms and viruses through USB flash drive.